After her divorce, attorney Amy Gray and her young daughter move back into her mother's house in Hartford, Connecticut, and Amy becomes a family court judge. Amy's mother Maxine is a social worker who holds herself, as well as everyone else -- especially Amy -- to her perfectionist standards. Since Amy is a family court judge and Maxine is a social worker, they occasionally cross paths professionally, sometimes creating discord that spills over into their personal relationship. Amy and Maxine are both single and interested in romance. Amy's introspective, younger brother is a writer, while her older brother, an insurance salesman, and his neurotic wife frequently drop by. This show is about as complex as it gets without being a MindScrew...

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!!This show has examples of:
* AbusiveParents: A huge part of Maxine's job, and these pop up in Amy's courtroom.
* {{Adorkable}}: Maxine and Amy when they're flustered by the attention of the opposite sex... which leads Amy once to declare that she is done with men. ...it doesn't stick.
* AssholeVictim: The creep stalking Amy [[spoiler:that ended up being killed by Sean's foster kid in defense of the Grays]].
* BlackBestFriend: Bruce.
* ByronicHero: David MacClaren carries shades of this at first, with the tragedy of his wife's death and the whole TallDarkAndHandsome thing.
* CourtroomDrama
* DefrostingIceQueen: Dr. Lily Redekker.
* DisappearedDad: The patriarch of the Gray family died several years previous to the pilot, and Lauren's father sometimes ventures into this territory.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In one episode, a boy was brought in to Amy's court after calling in a bomb threat at school. However, his father was a soldier and he was born in Afghanistan. Since citizenship is passed through the mother, he is officially an illegal Afghani immigrant and could be deported if convicted of a felony. Later, in a LoopholeAbuse filled conversation about a theoretical boy from "Sweden," she is told that if he is deported back to "Sweden" with no family or support system, he'll likely be placed in the military. All because he wanted to get out of a test. Amy takes a third option by sentencing to probation for 36'''4''' days, since only sentences of over a year are required to be reported.
* EmotionalTorque: The whole darn series. It doesn't screw so much with your brain as it does your ''emotions''.
* EpunymousTitle
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Lily and Kyle.
* GeniusDitz: Donna
* GoodIsNotNice: Maxine, at times.
* HypercompetentSidekick (Donna, then Holbrook in season 6)
* ImportantHaircut: Maxine has one of these.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: That perfectionist streak.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Maxine ''really'' comes across as this, at times, as do her boss, Sean, and her nephew, Kyle.
* KidsAreCruel: Invoked often with Lauren's classmates.
* LongRunner
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Oh, ''Kyle''...
* NotSoDifferent: Amy and Maxine seem often to be at war with each other, but...
* PowerTrio: Amy as TheKirk, Bruce as TheSpock, and Donna as TheMcCoy.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Amy as a judge. Maxine once encourages a lawyer to stick with Amy rather than seek out another judge as she will be sure to rule a fair verdict.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Amy employs these regularly in putting down unruly lawyers and the like in court.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Vincent explains to Kyle that he's made him that for the Gray women.
* ParentsAsPeople: Maxine and Amy, full stop.
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Wow... take your pick. Maxine vs. Kimberly, however, probably takes the cake.
* ScreamingBirth: Donna.
* ShipTease: The kiss Amy and Bruce share in the interim of not being coworkers.
* ShoutOut:
** When Vincent is at home sick one day, he watches ''SoylentGreen''.
** Amy rents ''TheSoundOfMusic'' for Lauren's sleepover and ends up discussing one scene and watching it with Maxine.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: The Gray family is good at this.
* [[SociallyAwkwardHero Socially Awkward Heroine]]: Amy, as lampshaded jokingly by David: "No, it's because you're crazy."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute (Vincent, then Kyle, then Vincent again).
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Bruce.
* TheResenter: Gillian gets definite shades of this.
* TraumaticCSection: Gillian undergoes this.
* TheUnfavorite: Several cases of Amy's deal with this. In the Gray family, however, Peter seems to fill the role.
* WeddingDay: [[spoiler:Amy and Stu]]'s wedding episode... which ends heart-wrenchingly.
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